Countdown to 2019 Ennis St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Countdown to 2019 Ennis St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Photo: Gary Collins

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of the Clare County Capital on Sunday, March 17th for the 2019 Ennis St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Clare County Council is once again seeking to make the Ennis Parade a countywide affair with artistic, cultural and sporting groups together with schools, scouts and a range of community groups from all over Clare taking part.  Application forms are available on the Clare County Council website, www.clarecoco.ie.

In excess of 10,000 people lined the streets of town during last year’s parade, which featured 40 groups representing the many aspects of life in Ennis and County Clare.

This year there will be prizes awarded for the entrants that provide the “Most Musical & Colourful Spectacle” (1st Prize – €500, 2nd Prize – €300, 3rd Prize – €200).

The parade commences at 11.00am from Clare County Council’s Headquarters at Áras Contae an Chláir before proceeding via New Road, Newbridge Road, Club Bridge, Abbey Street, O’Connell Square, O’Connell Street, with participants finishing in the grounds of the Holy Family School, Station Road.

The reviewing stand for 2019 is at The Height, O Connell Square, Ennis.

Two designated viewing areas are being made available again this year to enhance the spectators’ experience. There will be a large designated viewing area along Newbridge road between Club Bridge and Steele’s Terrace. This viewing area will afford perfect views of the parade and participants with the river and Club Bridge in the background. The location is in close proximity to the Stage at Steele’s Terrace where live traditional music will be performed from around 10am. The designated Disabled parking area is located at Ennis Courthouse, Lifford Road.

Photo: Gary Collins

A Designated Disabled Viewing Area also will be established in O’Connell Square for disabled spectators for the duration of the parade. Spaces will be limited so spectators wishing to avail of this facility should arrive early. Disabled parking will be available nearby in the Council’s car park at Friars Walk, Ennis.

Special traffic management arrangements will be in place from 8.00am. Diversions will be in place and pedestrian access will be available. The roads being closed on a rolling basis include Steele’s Terrace / Newbridge Rd (from Kelly’s Corner roundabout to the Club Bridge), New Rd from its junction with Tulla Rd to Newbridge Rd, College Rd (local access only), Mill Rd in an easterly direction from the Maid of Erin Roundabout to its junction with Bindon St, Harmony Row, Abbey St, Francis St from Francis St Car Park to Abbey St, O’Connell Sq, O’Connell St, Upper O’Connell St, Old Barrack St and Station Rd from its junction with O’Connell St to its junction with Friar’s Walk.

Mayor of Ennis, Cllr. Clare Colleran Molloy, will lead the Parade alongside Mary Fitzgerald who is this year’s chosen Grand Marshall in acknowledgement of her work with Clare Haven, Women’s Refuge.  The Mayor and Grand Marshall will lead the parade in a horse drawn carriage through the town of Ennis.

The Parade offers an opportunity to the people of Ennis and Clare to celebrate our National Holiday and I look forward to joining the celebrations on the day,” said Mayor Clare Colleran Molloy.

All relevant details about the traffic management plan on St. Patrick’s Day are published on the Clare County Council website (www.clarecoco.ie), on the parade Facebook Page (ennisparade) and on Twitter (@ennisparade) using the ennisparade hashtag (#ennisparade). Details can also be found on the Visit Ennis website (www.visitiennis.ie) and through local media outlets.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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